Tis’ the season to be jolly, but a by-product of winter joy is the amount of stress accumulated during family visits. Did Grandpa forget to wear his pants last year? Has your mother and aunt ever started a fist fight over who makes the best holiday ham? Of course this has happened to you, but you aren’t alone, and sometimes even the cream of the crop get caught in their own sticky situations. Take a look at Chan Marshall and her band Cat Power, who happen to be playing a show at Antone’s Saturday.
Some of Cat Power‘s early shows consisted of Marshall repeatedly singing “No” while playing guitar for 15 minutes. She was young then, though, and things got better (with a few more problems along the way). The band evolved over time and signed to Matador Records, the same record label that helped Yo La Tengo, Pavement and Belle & Sebastian achieve the independent music glory they all have today.
Cat Power shows post-Matador signing were known for being awesome, and a little problematic. There were multiple shows where Marshall would stop playing halfway through a song because of nerves, and a few shows where she decided to quit playing all together because of drunkenness. And of course, we can’t forget to mention the band’s Bowery Room Breakdown. We’ll let you read about that some other time, though.
All artists have problems, though, and only true professionals like Cat Power know how to shine through them. Marshall’s music evolved, and so did the band’s recognition on the Billboard 200. The 2003 album You Are Free broke to 105 on the chart, with more recent works Greatness reaching 34 and Sun respectively at the 10 spot. Sun, the band’s latest release, is catchy yet cool, and the album happens to be the home for one of our favorite songs “Ruin” seen below.
The show’s opening duties have been handed to Nico Turner, an experimental multi-instrumentalist that has played with the likes of Prefuse 73, Brightback Morning Light and many others. Her music will captivate your ears and enlighten your mind, not to mention the weirdness that Turner creates is just plain cool.
If you have 99 problems, make sure having a pair of tickets to Cat Power ain’t one. The show is happening 12/14 at Antone’s East Riverside location. Check Do512.com to get some tickets, and click “WIN” on the same page for a chance to win a free pair.